DUI House Arrest
Across the country, drinking and driving is a serious crime.
The punishment for driving under the influence may include probation, community service, fines, the loss of driving privileges, and even jail time. However, there are several alternatives to jail that may be utilized, including work release/furlough, electronic monitoring, and DUI house arrest.
DUI house arrest is an attractive alternative to jail for both the government and the offender. House arrest is much cheaper than sending an offender to prison or jail. It also allows the offender to continue to work or attend school while being confined to his or her home. The judge presiding over the DUI case must decide if the offender is qualified for the house arrest program.
To make sure the offender does not leave his or her home, an ankle bracelet must be worn at all times. The bracelet comes with a base monitoring unit that is connected to the offender’s telephone line. If the offender leaves the house, the base monitoring unit can tell that the ankle bracelet is no longer within the court-sanctioned radius and a call will be made to the main computer system. The violation is then reported to the offender’s probation officer.
If the offender repeatedly violates the conditions of his or her house arrest, it may be revoked and the offender will be sent to jail or prison to serve out the remainder of the term.
In cases where the offender is ordered to abstain from alcohol, the offender may have to provide breath tests periodically during the day. To take the breath test, the offender blows into a breathalyzer-like device. To ensure it is actually the offender taking the test, a photograph may be taken during the test’s administration. The test results and photographs are then sent back to the main computer system. If the results of the test are positive, the probation officer will be notified and house arrest can be revoked.
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